Daily Fantasy Baseball Offseason Update: Monday, Dec. 16

by KFFL Staff on December 16, 2013 @ 06:02:52 PDT

 



First Baseman

1B | Gaby Sanchez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Joe Starkey speculates Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Gaby Sanchez will not open the season as a full-time first baseman, given his inability to hit right-handed pitching.

1B | James Loney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Houston Astros had expressed interest in 1B James Loney before he signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. However, he was reportedly asking for too much money to return to his hometown.

1B | Justin Morneau | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau is expected to start against right-handed pitchers this season with C Wilin Rosario starting at first base against left-handed pitchers.

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers are still discussing a trade for New York Mets 1B Ike Davis, but the Brewers refuse to give up SP Tyler Thornburg.

1B | Mat Gamel | Atlanta Braves | Transaction
The Atlanta Braves signed free-agent 1B Mat Gamel (Brewers) to a minor league deal Friday, Dec. 13.


Second Baseman

2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The New York Yankees may have increased interest in trading for Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney, as a result of 2B Omar Infante signing with the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees and Cubs had previously discussed a possible deal involving Barney.


Third Baseman

3B | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction
The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to re-sign 3B Juan Uribe to a two-year deal.

3B | Michael Young | free agent | Free Agents
The Los Angeles Dodgers could re-sign free-agent 3B Michael Young and use him as their everyday third baseman.


Catcher

C | Wilin Rosario | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau is expected to start against right-handed pitchers this season with C Wilin Rosario starting at first base against left-handed pitchers.


Outfielder

OF | Junior Lake | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have invoked a "fatigue" clause to shut down OF Junior Lake for the remainder of the Dominican Winter League season. He led the league with a .343 batting average and ranked sixth in slugging percentage (.457) and OPS (.843) through 27 games.

OF | Brett Gardner | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees team president Randy Levine said the team has no plans to trade OF Brett Gardner this offseason to clear room in center field for OF Jacoby Ellsbury or to fill another need. "One of the reasons the baseball people signed Jacoby Ellsbury is the two of them together present a tremendous dynamic one-two or nine-one, whatever Joe Girardi decides to write in at the top of the lineup," Levine said Sunday, Dec. 15, during an interview with ESPN Radio's Ian O'Connor. "One will play left, one will play center, and it's a tremendous defensive situation. So no, there's absolutely no intention to move Brett Gardner. We get inquiries about every single one of our players all the time, (GM Brian Cashman) listens, but there's no attempt here to trade or move Brett Gardner."

OF | Jason Kubel | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins OF Jason Kubel was signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training camp.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Gavin Floyd | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Braves could finalize a deal with free-agent SP Gavin Floyd (White Sox) as soon as Monday, Dec. 16. Floyd is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is targeting a May 2014 return to the majors.

SP | Jeff Samardzija | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves are one of the teams that has expressed interest in trading for Chicago Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija but general manager Frank Wren is hesitant to part with several of his team's top prospects.

SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves have expressed interest in trading for Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price but general manager Frank Wren is hesitant to part with several of his team's top prospects.

SP | Matt Garza | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim believe they would be able to sign free-agent OF/DH Raul Ibanez (Mariners) and SP Matt Garza (Rangers) while remaining under the $189 million luxury-tax threshold.

SP | A.J. Burnett | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Baltimore Orioles met with a representative for free-agent SP A.J. Burnett (Pirates) during the winter meetings. However, the team is still waiting to find out if Burnett wants to pitch during the 2014 season.

SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds are not expected to trade SP Homer Bailey, even though he will be a free agent following the 2014 season, because they are concerned about the depth of their rotation.

SP | Daniel Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction
The Arizona Diamondbacks re-signed SP Daniel Hudson to a minor league contract.


Relief Pitcher

RP | John Axford | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians agreed with free-agent RP John Axford (Cardinals) on an undisclosed deal.

RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
The Philadelphia Phillies are thought to be at their payroll limit of $165-170 million, depending on whether or not players are dealt away. As a result, the Phillies may look to unload players like CL Jonathan Papelbon or trade away players for every player acquired. The payroll as of now is $162 million, but arbitration raises have not been factored in.

RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli said he would like to sign an extension with the team before he becomes a free agent after the 2014 season.

RP | Grant Balfour | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent RP Grant Balfour (Athletics) is looking for a three-year deal but the Baltimore Orioles have only offered him a two-year contract. The team is also expected to explore other closing options.

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